First Calendar Art

Possible Classroom Concepts: Social Studies – Calendar/ Months of the Year

Possible Art Concepts: Art History – The Limbourgh Brothers, Illuminations

Painting, Illustrations


In my last post, I talked about the use of art calendars as visuals in the classroom. Today, I’d like to talk about some of the first art calendars ever created. The twelve months of the year were first illustrated in hand written prayer books. The most famous prayer  book is Très Riches Heures du Duc de Berry  illustrated by the Limbourg Brothers. Find a short synopsis  about this book and the twelve illuminated months here:

Labors of the Months from the Très Riches Heures

To learn more about hand written books of the time, check out the picture book, Marguerite Makes a Bookby Bruce Robertson. 

The Lindburgh brothers illustrated daily activities from their time period. So, if you are studying the months of the year, why not brainstorm current daily activities for each month with your students. ( weather, holidays, sports) Then, let each student choose a month out of a bowl and illustrate it. These can be used as illustrations for your classroom calendar. Or make copies of the illustrations and create calendars as gifts or for a fundraiser. Need more ideas of how to create your monthly illustrations? Look here:

Happy New Year! I’d love to hear your calendar ideas. Simply click on the title of this post and scroll down to the comment section.

Come visit again soon.



  1. katie · December 31, 2015

    Looking at the Metropolitan Art Museum daily calendar, allows me to have an art history lesson each day. I delight in the “surprises” that greet me each morning.
    Thank you for introducing me to daily art lessons, KT


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